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2 stars Not the best of Kansas. Probably "what we record company boys believe can be seen as the best radio-friendly Kansas songs". And even in this sense this compilation misrepresents Kansas' music.

This was my first Kansas album and surely did very well in letting me to avoid any Kansas album. Never heard about Kansas anywhere but suddenly I was in the mid-90s in the middle of a identity crisis tha made me wnat to listen some of the pop songs that ere played on the radio in my childhod. Yes, it was "Play the game tonight" that led me to buy tis album (this and the 4 bucks price at the time).

My first impression was confused: a band that mixes hard rock ("Carry on wayward son"), prog sound with a distinct pop touch (Point of know return), classic soft-rock ballad (Dust in the wind)and the song that played overnight in a cigarette ad in the 80's, "Play the game tonight". This is not a case of ecleticcism but confusion.

But the prog songs hit me deep. I felt embarrased by liking a band so weird and only after reading a brief essay in the Rock Brigade magazine I began to understand the complex story of this brilliant group. And the only good thing that this compilation (that I never headr again after getting all their albums from Kansas to Audio Visions) is that it amazed me with its weirdness.

Today I quote this album as an example fo the disrespect from the record companies to the artists and their public in presenting a Frankstein as a faithfull portrait of so great a band.

Two stars just because an album with "Carry on...", "Point of know return" and "Song for America" can't be a complete waste of time and money.

moodyxadi | 2/5 |


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